Domaine Leflaive Montrachet Grand Cru, Côte de Beaune €10,100 – France
The Domaine was founded by Joseph Leflaive, a former engineer. Upon his death in 1953, his sons Vincent and Jo took over the running of the estate, and are widely credited with building up the reputation that Leflaive enjoys today. Domaine Leflaive’s most important wine is arguably the Montrachet Grand Cru, additional to this, there are several premier cru wines, the most important of which is probably the Les Clavoillon. Biodynamics method is used when growing vines, it is a method of cultivation based upon a sensitive understanding of natural phenomenon, taking into account terrestrial and lunar rhythms. It strictly excludes the use of all chemical products.
Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese €12,813 – Germany
The Müller family have been running the Egon Müller estate since 1797 making some of the worlds best Rieslings. Egon Müller’s wines are all made using estate-grown fruit from two parcels: 8.3 hectares of Scharzhof and 4 hectares of Le Gallais. The vines grow on a slate soil, which paired with the local climate, creates an almost perfect environment for the production of Riesling.
Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits €18,200 – France
de Villaine and Leroy/Roch families co-own Domaine de la Romanée Conti. The winery today is run by Aubert de Villaine and Henri-Frederic Roch with 25 hectares of vineyards. The wines themselves are made by Bernard Noblet in succession to his father André Noblet, with traditional techniques passed on from generation to generation. Whole clusters that are not destemmed are used with a long vatting period that avoids heat. Yields are low and the winemaking is traditional and perfectionist. One philosophy that has been passed on and is still followed today is to harvest as late as possible to ensure the highest quality of ripeness.
García’s AurumRed Gold €25,000 – Spain
The Spanish province of Cuenca is famous for its garlic however, on a small vineyard winemaker Hilario Garcia grows grapes that create what is widely recognised as the worlds most expensive wine. The wine is famous due to its ozone treatment on the vines that pumps more oxygen and is said to enhance the vine. Another factor that influences the price is the rarity of wine with 300 bottles produced a year and only 150 up for sale. For those who buy the wine, the bottle is hand-delivered (even around the world) and is emblazoned with an 18-karat goldfish medal.
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